Prada ar­rives in abu dhabi

The National - News - Luxury - - THE INSIDER -

he much an­tic­i­pated open­ing of Prada Abu Dhabi has ar­rived, and the Ma­rina Mall store lives up to the Ital­ian la­bel’s flair for min­i­mal chic.

With an 80 square me­tre area, Prada en­listed ar­chi­tect Roberto Ba­chioc­chi for the cap­i­tal’s first branch. The ex­te­rior is clad in the la­bel’s sig­na­ture black Mar­quina mar­ble while the in­te­rior car­pet­ing com­bines beige with black and green to off­set the mir­rored walls and pol­ished cab­i­nets.

Prada Abu Dhabi now stocks S/S 2013 women’s ready-to-wear and ac­ces­sories as well as footwear and bags. You can ex­pect to see the brand’s clas­sic bags and shoes and the lat­est in small leather goods, plus the new col­lec­tion of em­bel­lished slip­pers.

The shop also car­ries se­lected pieces from the new men’s lug­gage and ac­ces­sories col­lec­tion.

This sea­son’s wom­enswear show was all about Ori­en­tal-in­spired silk shi s in black, cream and red. Three di­men­sional flower prints on ki­mono-style blouses and jack­ets, heavy with dra­matic origami folds and body skim­ming sil­hou­ettes.

Abu Dhabi cus­tomers have the op­por­tu­nity to get their hands on a Spe­cial Edi­tion Cocco Lu­cido Lux Pyra­mide hand­bag, made of the finest croc­o­dile skin. The pieces are ex­clu­sive to the store and were brought over to cel­e­brate Prada’s ar­rival in the cap­i­tal.

The Pyra­mide bag was launched at the Spring/Sum­mer 2012 col­lec­tion in the la­bel’s clas­sic Saf­fi­ano leather, and was spot­ted on the arm of Florence Welch, Diane Kruger and Jan­uary Jones. This ver­sion is now on dis­play in Ma­rina Mall and avail­able for pur­chase. Prada, Ma­rina Mall, 02 681 4918,

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